Special Olympics 2014

BERWICK — The special needs student-athletes participating in the competition at Geisler Stadium in Berwick Friday were special, not in their needs, but in their determination to excel and give their best no matter the obstacles and difficulties they faced. The 37th annual Donna Adams Memorial St. Mary Parish Special Olympics gave the students an opportunity to compete as well as develop social and communication skills, have fun and increase their self-esteem, Steve Harris, coordinator of Related Services for the Special Education department of the school board said. There were about 120 students from ages 4 to 21 participating, Harris said. Whether they were pushed in a wheelchair, walked or ran over the finish line, each was trying to live up to the Special Olympic Oath which Brandon Cortez gave before the games began. (The Daily Review Photos by Preston Gill)

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